Nigel Cabourn for Converse

UK designer Nigel Cabourn infuses his own designs into the Chuck Taylor All Star Bosey with Ventile fabric uppers in military-inspired navy and olive green colors. The Chuck Taylor All Star Specialty Plimsole fuses a 1941 British P.E. training shoe with vintage Converse detailing.

Ventile fabric was developed for use in WWII flight suits as a material to protect Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire pilots when they ejected from their planes into icy cold waters. The Ventile fabric extended survival time tenfold and saved many ejected pilots’ lives. Suits made with Ventile fabric remain in use by British Royal Air Force to this day.

Photography by Antony Crook.

Posted on: 9 Apr 2013

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